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The Center for South Asia at the University of Wisconsin – Madison is made up of a community of faculty and staff who reflect the diversity and global relevance of South Asian Studies. Through our diverse academic disciplines, summer language institute, annual conference, student organizations and outreach programs, the Center seeks to define and promote greater understanding of South Asian history, language, religion and culture. We also support linkages to other relevant area studies and global studies programs that emphasize transnational flows of culture, people, money in ways that are important to a better understanding of South Asia both in the past and the present.

Featured Film

Banaras

DVD – (22 minutes, 1970, black & white)

Price: $195.00 + shipping and handling

banaras…presents the currents and moods of the city through a series of strikingly common and uncommon visual images. It captures the pulse of daily life that returns again and again to the Ganges River and its sacred waters. The film explores the city’s shrines, its crowded lanes, its roadside stalls, its cremation-wood cutters, its funeral processions, its young, and its old. The film gives the viewer a feeling for the people of Banaras – their faces, their periods of activity, and their moments of public worship and private reflection.

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News

  • UW-Madison Scholar chosen for 2018 Marshall Scholarship

    Phoenix Rice-Johnson was awarded the prestigious Marshall Scholarship this week. Rice-Johnson is among 43 elite students receiving this honor. A former FLAS recipient and Hindi student at UW-Madison, she earned her bachelor’s degree political science and international studies in 2016. Rice-Johnson will begin master’s studies at King’s College London next ...

  • UW Hosts 2017 Fulbright Pakistan Seminar

    November 2-5 marked the second year for UW-Madison and the Center for South Asia to host the Fulbright Pakistan Fall Enrichment Seminar. 150 Pakistani graduate students gathered in Madison for seminars on leadership, academic strategies, activism, politics, and networking. Between seminars, ...

  • 46th Annual Conference on South Asia Review

    On October 26-28th, the 46th Annual Conference on South Asia was held at the Madison Concourse Hotel and Madison College. We are proud to announce this year’s conference was the largest yet with approximately 900 participants. The 2017 conference featured an open theme, resulting in a wide variety of interesting ...

  • TODAY: Talk on news media in Pakistan

    Friday, October 20th at 6:30 PM in Nancy Nicholas Hall, Room 2255. The Pakistani Students Association is hosting a speaker event with Ali Ahsan, former UW graduate and co-founder of mangobaaz, who will give a talk about news media in Pakistan. This event is open to the public. Snacks will be served.

  • Four UW-Madison Dissertators Awarded Fulbright-Hays Funding

    The prestigious Fulbright-Hays-Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Award was recently awarded to four UW-Madison students: Nicolle Etchart (Ecuador), Lindsay Ehrisman (Uganda), Alicia Wright (India), and Akshay Sarathi (Tanzania). These awards enable researchers to spend a full year abroad completing field research vital to their dissertations. Learn more about the students and their research here.